The UMass Lowell Master of Science in Radiological Sciences and Protection program is an interdisciplinary program designed for engineering students and students in the biological and physical sciences. The degree is a gateway to certification in Health Physics and securing a career as a higher level professional in radiation safety.
The master's program is designed such that professionals can earn their degree while still working.
Two M.S. degree options are available:
- Project Option — The project option is recommended for students who do not wish to pursue a doctoral degree. Under the project option, a student must complete a minimum of 27 credits of formal courses and three credits of graduate research for a total of 30 credits. The master’s project consists of an independent and scholarly research effort in the field of radiological sciences.
- Thesis Option — The thesis option is recommended for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree. Under the thesis option, a student must complete a minimum of 21 credits of formal courses and nine credits of graduate research for a total of 30 credits. The master’s thesis generally will consist of an independent and scholarly research effort in the field of radiological sciences, involving a theoretical and/or laboratory investigation.
Students are able to select courses and a research project consistent with their desired area of professional development. Various opportunities for research and professional development are possible through the use of our research assets and through cooperative programs with hospitals, nuclear reactor facilities, government laboratories, and other radiation facilities.
For a complete list of courses and academic requirements, please visit the Academic Catalog.
For information about the application process and requirements, visit Graduate Admissions.